Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Conditioning Beard Oil


Does your guy have dry itchy skin underneath his handsome beard? Craft him this earthy-woodsy-scented Conditioning Beard Oil.  Made with fast absorbing Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil, not only will his skin be conditioned, his beard will be soft and manageable and NOT at all greasy or oily.  A few drops of this magic manly elixir is all it takes and should be used before bed and after the shower.

Conditioning Beard Oil
15 ml Argan Oil
15 ml Jojoba Oil
7 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
4 drops Cardamom Essential Oil
4 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
3 drops Bergamot Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients into a one-ounce amber dropper bottle.  You can print the label below to attach to your jar. 

Print out this label and attach to your dropper bottle.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Comfrey Infused Oil


I just made a fresh batch of Comfrey Infused Grapeseed Oil to be used in my salve, cream and lotion recipes.  I like to apply the salve to acne scars and inflamed skin rashes.  The magic of Comfrey is from the active component contained in the leaf and root called allantoin which helps to boost the production of new skin cells.  In fact it works so fast that you should NEVER use it on open wounds, dirty wounds or broken skin.  You should only apply it to areas that have already scabbed over. Never take the oil internally.  I made my infused oil with a combo of the Comfrey leaves and root (Symphytum officinale) and grapeseed oil. 

You can buy both the dried root and dried leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs.  If you want to grow your own Comfrey, Mountain Rose Herbs offers Comfrey Seeds.

 You need 1 ounce of both the dried Comfrey Leaf and Comfrey Root.  Grind both into a fine powder.

Want them already powdered? Mountain Rose Herbs offers them already ground.
Add the ground herb into a sterile canning jar.  Add your carrier oil of choice to within 1/4-inch from the top of the jar. You need to stir the air bubbles out of the jar and make sure all the herb is saturated with oil.

You can buy carrier oils at Mountain Rose Herbs. I like to use grapeseed or olive oil.
 Make sure you print or write a label for your jar!!!!
It takes about 6 weeks and daily shaking to properly infuse.

In the winter months, I place the jar over a heater vent for 6 weeks.  In the warmer months of the year, I place the jar in a brown paper bag and leave it in a sunny window.  After 6 weeks of infusing, strain the oil from the spent herb and store in a sterile jar kept in either the freezer or fridge.  Stay tuned for beauty recipes using the infused oil. 


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Disclaimer:
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. I am an Affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs.




Cardamom Essential Oil

One of my favorite essential oils is Cardamom.  I use ground cardamom in numerous culinary recipes and often brew tea with an entire cardamom pod in the cup.  I like to use the essential oil in my lip balm recipes, body sprays and perfume blends.  Of course I buy it from Mountain Rose Herbs since they only carry Certified Organic and at a very reasonable price. Here is a bit of information about Cardamom Essential Oil from the Mountain Rose Herbs website.

Botanical Name: Elettaria cardamomum

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distillation

Parts Used: Fruit

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Warm, green, spicy, balsamic

Largest Producing Countries: Guatemala, India, and Sri Lanka


Traditional Use: Cardamom is native to India, and is used in Ayurvedic medicine for flatulence, colic, and poor digestion.

Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, laxative, nerve tonic, stimulant, stomachic

Benefits: Anorexia, constipation, cough, dyspepsia, halitosis, indigestion, flatulence, loss of appetite, muscular cramps and spasms, nausea, nervous strain, physical exhaustion, sinus headache, stomach cramps, vomiting. Cardamom may be added to a massage blend for upset stomachs.

Blends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, caraway, cedarwood, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.

Of Interest:This oil has many applications in perfumery. It is added to oriental type aromas for soaps, cosmetics, and body care products.

Safety Data: Generally considered safe.

Where to Buy: Mountain Rose Herbs


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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Decadent Cacao Recipes for Valentine's Day

Irene from the Mountain Rose Herbs Blog posted some delicious and decadent Cacao kissed beauty recipes for Valentine's Day.  My favorite is the Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish.  This delicious body scrub will leave your skin exfoliated and smooth with a shy scent of chocolate and vanilla.  I thought I would teach you how to make your own Vanilla extract too.  Make sure to visit the Mountain Rose Herbs Blog for all of Irene's Love Inspired Cacao Recipes.

Before we get to the recipe for the Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish, lets make our very own handcrafted Vanilla Extract.  This is so easy, you will wonder why you have been spending a fortune buying it from the store.

You will need 400 ml of 100 proof Vodka, 5 whole vanilla beans and a sterile 8 ounce canning jar with lid and ring.

You can find whole organic Vanilla Beans at Mountain Rose Herbs.
 You want to cut the beans in half and then slice them down the middle to expose the "caviar".  The mythology of the pre-Columbian Totonac tribe (who resided in what is now Mexico) refers to vanilla as an aphrodisiac, and it is still used for that purpose in aromatherapy today. Vanilla's sweet, bland flavor is one of the most popular the world over, and while it is considered "plain", it is really a complex layering of sweet and spicy flavors that have been used for centuries to flavor everything from chocolate to milk.

 As a side note, if you want to make Vanilla sugar, you simply place the scraped "caviar" in raw sugar and pulse in a food processor a few times to infuse the sugar. Makes delicious desserts!!! Now back to the Vanilla extract........


Place the sliced and opened Vanilla beans in a sterile canning jar and add in about 400 ml of Vodka, or enough to cover the tops of the beans.  You will need to shake this daily for about 6 weeks or one full moon cycle.  You can either strain the dark liquid from the Vanilla pods into another jar, or you may leave the spent Vanilla pods in. This should keep fine for many years.


The photo above shows the batch I made today and one I made last year.  Make sure you label your Vanilla Extract.  Keep in a cool and dark place.  Are you ready to make the Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish?  Here is a label you can use for your jar.  Happy Valentine's Day!!!


Print this label for your jar.

Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish
(from Mountain Rose Herbs
3/4 cup organic granulated or brown sugar, or fine sea salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond, or Sunflower Oil
1 tablespoon organic Cacao powder
1 to 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
Essential oil of choice (optional). Cinnamon leaf, Geranium, Lavender, Lime, Mandarin, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang or other. 


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Package in jars and enjoy!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Calendula-Plantain-Nettle Infused Simple Salve


I realized I had a little bit of two infused oils I made a few months ago in my fridge that needed to be used up soon.  A good friend of mine mentioned she had developed dry chapped hands from the cold weather we have been experiencing the past week, so I decided to make her a small pot of Calendula-Plantain-Nettle Infused Simple Salve.  This recipe is very simple to make and is soothing and healing for dry skin.  It was ready in less than five minutes!!! This is a thinner salve than I normally make and is very easy to rub in the skin.

Calendula-Plantain-Nettle Infused Simple Salve
15 ml Calendula infused oil (click here to learn how to make it)
15 ml Nettle & Plantain infused oil (click here to learn how to make it)
4 grams beeswax
1 gram Vitamin E Oil

Place all ingredients except the Vitamin E in a glass measuring cup set on a canning ring in a simmering water bath.  Gently stir with a sterile spoon until the beeswax is melted.  Remove from heat, stir in the Vitamin E Oil and transfer to a small pot or tin container.  Use within 3 months. This recipe easily doubles and triples.



Quickly pour salve into a container to harden.
Your skin is going to love this green goop!!!


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Light & Easy Lotion Formula No. 1

Looking for a light lotion that is simple to create? Here it is!!
I received an email from a reader asking for a simple recipe for crafting a light lotion that is easily absorbed.  Here is one of my favorite recipes that I made yesterday.  It makes just about 220 grams.

Light & Easy Lotion Formula No. 1
22 grams sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil
9 grams coconut oil
10 grams emulsifying wax NF
3 grams stearic acid
3 grams lecithin (I squeeze three 1000 mg gel caps)
165 grams rose hydrosol 
1.25 grams Xanthan gum powder
2.5 grams grapefruit seed extract
30 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (or your favorite EO)

Heating the the oil/wax phase and the hydrosol phase to 160 degrees.

Fill a large Dutch oven with about 3 inches of water and bring to a simmer.  In a Pyrex measuring cup, add in the almond oil, coconut oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and lecithin.  Place the measuring cup on a canning ring in the Dutch oven.  In another Pyrex measuring cup, add in the rose hydrosol and Xanthan gum powder, use a stick blender to mix the two together.  Place the measuring cup on a canning ring in the Dutch oven next to the other one.  Allow the oil/wax mixture to completely melt and the hydrosol mixture to heat up to 160 degrees.  Remove both from the Dutch oven and using either a stick mixer or handheld mixer, blend the hydrosol into the oil/wax mixture.  Continue blending on low speed until the mixture cools to under 100 degrees F.  Add in the grapefruit seed extract and the essential oil.  Continue to blend on low speed until the mixture is room temp.  Lotion will be light and fluffy.  Transfer lotion to a sterile container. Use within 60 days.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

You can use a stick blender to combine the ingredients.........

You can also use a single beater of a handheld mixer to combine the ingredients.
You will need to blend your ingredients for about 15 minutes or until it cools to room temp. and is light and fluffy.
Transfer the lotion to a sterile jar.  I like canning jars.
I usually put a rubber band around the jar and slip a spoon in so folks (including myself) are not tempted to use their fingers to get the lotion. 
Make sure you label your lotion.  You don't want Grandma spreading it on her ham and cheese sandwich! It kinda looks like Mayo!!



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Orpha's Soothing Rose Geranium Face Mist


This soothing face mist has Rose Geranium hydrosol which is a fantastic floral water from the common flowering Rose Geranium.  Great for complex and combination skin types where restoring balance is quickly needed.  I added in Rose Geranium essential oil which is considered a powerful would healer and benefits acne, broken capillaries and eczema.  Rounding out this face mist is Ylang Ylang essential oil which smells amazing and is well known for its sedative properties.  Simply mist this over clean skin. Use within 3 months.

Orpha's Soothing Rose Geranium Face Mist
3 ounces Rose Geranium Hydrosol
1 ounce Aloe Vera Gel
2 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients in a bottle with a sprayer. 



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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding unless discussed with your physician.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jessamine's Fortifying Geranium & Everlasting Facial Serum


A wonderful serum for maturing and aging skin.  Sea Buckthorn oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols. Pomegranate seed oil is a luxurious and deeply penetrating oil that is highly prized since it is remarkable for the skin and deeply nourishes the outer epidermal layer.  It also provides anti-oxidant benefits for the skin.  Rosehip seed oil is a great agent in the fight against dry, weathered and dehydrated skin. The thoughtfully selected blend of essential oils are all well known to benefit mature and aging skin.  Apply a few drops to cleansed skin.  Massage in for several minutes.

Jessamine's Fortifying Geranium & Everlasting Facial Serum

10 grams Sea Buckthorn Oil
10 grams Pomegranate seed oil
10 grams Rosehip seed oil
4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) essential oil
5 drops Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) essential oil
10 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) essential oil
10 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) essential oil

Mix all ingredients in an amber colored bottle with a dropper. Use within 6 months. 




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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Methow Valley Herbs


Rosalee from Methow Valley Herbs created a fantastic listing of herbal blogs.  I encourage you to visit her at http://www.methowvalleyherbs.blogspot.com/p/herbal-blogroll.html and find some wonderful blogs that provide valuable information on herbalism.

Thanks Rosalee for making this wonderful resource.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Purifying Grains (Formula No. 2)

Here is a great way to exfoliate your skin! These cleansing grains are a dry mixture of Rhassoul clay, oat flour, almond and corn meals, ground lavender and rose petal powders, neem powder and essential oils of sandalwood and vetiver.  You simply mix a few teaspoons of the purifying grains formula with a bit of your favorite hydrosol (floral water) until a thick-ish paste forms.  Gently massage over face for a few minutes and rinse well.  Also feel free to mist your face with more hydrosol to moisten up the grains and leave on your face as a mask until dried and then rinse.  Not just for the face, this may be used on your back, chest, knees, elbows and feet. I love to use this as a hand scrub after playing in the garden. 

Purifying Grains (Formula No. 2)
makes 5 ounces and should be kept away from moisture in a tightly capped jar.

60 grams Rhassoul Clay
30 grams finely ground Oatmeal
20 grams almond meal
10 grams corn meal
15 grams lavender flower powder
7 grams Neem powder
20 drops Sandalwood essential oil
20 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and pulse to incorporate and mix well. Transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid.  Use within 6 months and keep dry.




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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Essential Oil Safety & Gudelines

I received an email from a reader asking my thoughts about why she may be breaking out in a rash when she rubs Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) essential oil on her chest.  She stated that she was experiencing a cold and thought that it would help to "open up her chest", but instead her chest became irritated and sensitive.  I emailed her back and asked her how she was diluting it and I learned she was using it straight from the bottle.  Although, Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the oldest native medicines used in Australia and is known for its beneficial use as an inhalant and decongestant, it almost always needs to be diluted in liquid or a carrier oil.  It also should not be used while pregnant and CAN cause skin irritation. 

Essential oils are wonderful and can be very beneficial when used properly.  Use them the wrong way and you might end up with skin irritations or worse!  I hope you will read the following guidelines about the hazards and warnings regarding essential oils.  I found most of this information from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2 edition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young was published in November 2013 and is a must have for those interested in essential oils and aromatherapy.  

photo from Amazon.com

 Here is the book description from Amazon.com

The second edition of this book is virtually a new book. It is the only comprehensive text on the safety of essential oils, the first review of essential oil/drug interactions, and it provides detailed essential oil constituent data not found in any other text. Much of the existing text has been re-written, and 80% of the text is completely new. There are 400 comprehensive essential oil profiles and almost 4000 references. There are new chapters on the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary system, the digestive system and the nervous system.

For each essential oil there is a full breakdown of constituents, and a clear categorization of hazards and risks, with recommended maximum doses and concentrations. There are also 206 Constituent Profiles.

There is considerable discussion of carcinogens, the human relevance of some of the animal data, the validity of treating an essential oil as if it was a single chemical, and the arbitrary nature of uncertainty factors. There is a critique of current regulations.

The only comprehensive text on the safety of essential oils.


General Guidelines (from Mountain Rose Herbs)
  1. Read and follow all label cautions and warnings
  2. Keep out of reach of children and pets
  3. Do not use on babies, children or pets
  4. Keep away from flame, heat and ignition sources (essential oils are flammable)
  5. Do not apply undiluted (neat) essential oils directly onto skin; dilute with a carrier oil first
  6. Always conduct a patch test of diluted essential oil on the inner arm before using; do not use if redness or irritation occurs
  7. Do not ingest essential oils
  8. Keep essential oils out of eyes, ears, nose, mouth and any body opening
  9. Never assume an essential oil possesses the same properties as its plant
  10. If you have sensitive skin, epilepsy, heart or kidney problems, or any serious medical condition, do not use essential oils unless advised by a physician or medical professional that it is safe

Specific Precautions

  1. Do not use at all, or under the supervision of a qualified expert: (These are the most hazardous of essential oils, possessing very high oral and dermal toxicity): Bitter Almond, buchu, camphor, sassafras, calamus, horseradish, mugwort, mustard, pennyroyal, rue, savin, savory, southernwood, tansy, thuja, wintergreen, wormseed and wormwood. 
  2. Do not use during pregnancy: aniseed, balsam peru, Bay (laurel), basil, benzoin, bergamot, bitter almond, basil, birch, cajeput, camphor, cedarwood, celery seed, chamomile (blue), cinnamon (bark and leaf), cistus, clary-sage, clove, cornmint, cypress, dill seed, douglas fir, eucalyptus, eucalyptus lemon, fennel, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lavender (spike), lemon, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, lime, lovage, marjoram, myrrh, myrtle, nutmeg, oakmoss, oregano, parsley seed, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine (scotch), rose, rosemary, sage, savory, spikenard, st. johns wort, sweet marjoram, tangerine, thuja, thyme, valerian, wintergreen, and yarrow
  3. Do not use on skin (ever): Ajowan, cinnamon bark, cassia, clove leaf-stem-bud, costus, elecampane, bitter fennel, oregano and pine
  4. Do not use if you have high blood pressure: Hyssop, rosemary, sage or thyme
  5. Do not use if you have epilepsy: Sweet fennel, hyssop, sage, rosemary and wormwood
  6. Skin irritants: Angelica root, bergamot mint, birch, bitter almond, cinnamon leaf, cinnamon bark, clove bud, costus, grapefruit, hyssop, lavender (spike), lemon, lemon verbena, lime, marjoram, orange peppermint, oregano, parsley seed, peppermint, pimento berry, pine, savory, spearmint, tagetes, tangerine, red and wile thyme and wintergreen
  7. Will make skin more sensitive to sunlight: most concentrated citrus oils, angelica, bergamot, and lemon verbena.
  8. Not to be exposed by mucous membranes or ingested: all absolutes, allspice, ajowan, amyris, benzoin, calendula, cinnamon (bark and leaf), Douglas Fir, Jasmine, Lemon Myrtle, manuka, myrrh, oregano, parsley seed, pennyroyal, pine (scotch), savory, st. johns wort, tarragon, tea tree, thuja, and thyme.
In Case of an Accident

  1. If essential oil gets into eyes: Immediately flush with cold milk or vegetable oil to dilute; if stinging persists, seek medical attention
  2. If essential oil gets on hands: Use cream or vegetable oil to dilute; wash with soap and warm water; repeat if necessary
  3. If ingested: Call National Capital Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222
  4. If ingested by a pet: Follow directions on label or call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435; be prepared to pay $50 with a credit card
Did you know that some essential oils are so potent that their spills must be handled as if they are hazardous? That's right. Take tea tree oil, for example. If it spills, it cannot be allowed to enter a sewer or waterway. It should be absorbed with inert material and sealed in a container. Then the container must be disposed of as if it were a hazardous waste in accordance with local, state or federal laws.


Such information is included on the Material Safety Data Sheet for every essential oil. These sheets are particularly helpful for essential oil suppliers such as Mountain Rose Herbs to store and handle essential oils, as required by the Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply Regulations. The MSDS includes important information such as flammability and chemical composition. Mountain Rose Herbs can supply an MSDS for any essential oil they stock upon request.

Here are some helpful MSDS sites where you can conduct a search based on the essential oil's name:
  1. http://www.setonresourcecenter.com/MSDSs/comply1.htm No login is necessary on this site; it contains approximately 275,000 records
  2. http://www.msdssolutions.com/ This site is quite comprehensive with 1.5 million records; requires login

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lucy's Rose and Honey Face Mask


Active Manuka honey is my favorite sweet ingredient when making skin care recipes.  Studies report that Manuka Honey contains properties that are powerfully antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, making it a great ingredient to use when crafting specific beauty recipes to soothe a skin condition.  I use Active Manuka Honey with a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) of 16 which many claim is medical grade.  It is a bit expensive, but worth every cent.

I use Pink Rose Powder from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click (HERE) to visit Mountain Rose Herbs online. *photo from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I also add in powdered rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs.  The American Botanical Council reports that rose petals have sedative, antiseptic, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory properties.

This mask is a great way to deeply moisturize, detoxify and soothe your skin.  You simply use a tablespoon amount on cleansed skin and massage it in for a about 30 seconds and then allow it to remain on your skin for up to 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.  Makes 5 ounces.

Finally, Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) essential oil is added in to help soothe and detoxify the skin and is very beneficial for many skin problems.

Lucy's Rose and Honey Face Mask
4 ounces Active Manuka Honey
1 ounce Rose Petal Powder
2 ml of carrot seed essential oil

Mix all ingredients very well and store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid.  Use within 90 days.  If you don't have access to Manuka Honey, by all means substitute your favorite local honey.




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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier. I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs.





Monday, January 9, 2012

The No-Shampoo Plan


“No-Poo” really stands for “no shampoo” and is a bandwagon that many folks have jumped on lately.  I typically wash my hair every three days or so, and use natural products that contain NO sulfates or harmful chemicals.  I decided to give the No-poo routine a chance to see if simply washing with baking soda and rinsing with apple cider vinegar would be worthy.  I have to say that No-Poo purists simply wash their hair with warm water only and have reported that after a few weeks their sebum production slowed down and their hair became shiny, healthy and manageable.  

I created the following formulas that have worked really well for my hair in the past few weeks.  My hair does not feel “gross” or greasy or unclean at all.  In truth, my mane is bouncy and incredibly healthy.  My positive results may have been somewhat due to my existing schedule of only washing my hair every three days with natural products prior to starting the No-Poo plan.  I also avoid using any styling products on my locks, so I do not get build-up from gel or hairspray. From what I have read on internet message boards, those that stick with the No-Poo program for several weeks begin to see incredible improvements in their hair texture and scalp condition.  Patience is a virtue!
Here is what I have been doing……… 

Every third day, I brew a really robust chamomile infusion with 3 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of dried chamomile flowers. I give it about an hour to infuse and then strain off the spent flowers.  I chose chamomile since I have light hair.  If you have dark hair you can make a sage, lavender, or hibiscus flower infusion.  
Of course I get my Chamomile Flowers (Matricaria recutita) from Mountain Rose Herbs. Photo from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I add 1 cup of the chamomile infused water to 1/4 cup of baking soda.  I rinse my hair with warm water first, and gently ring out as much as possible.  I massage the baking soda mixture into my hair and focus on  massaging my scalp to remove as much sebum accumulation as possible.  I let the mixture sit on my hair and scalp for about 1 minute or so, and then rinse very well with warm water.  Avoid getting the baking soda in your eyes since as it does sting a bit.  

The Baking Soda from Mountain Rose Herbs is OMRI listed for organic food and is manufactured to USP and NSF standards. Three sizes to choose from. Click HERE.*Photo from Mountain Rose Herbs.

For the rinse, I use 2 cups of my chamomile infusion along with 1/2 cup of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil (use your favorite!).  I pour a little at a time over my scalp and massage it into my ends. DO NOT RINSE.  I have noticed that once my hair dries there is no vinegar odor at all.  

Look at the locks on this lovely lady!!!
I have really enjoyed this No-Poo program and believe I might just stick with it for a while.  I will be concocting various baking soda and vinegar based formulas and will share those with you. I encourage you to post your thoughts and experiences here too.  




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